Crossroads of Canopy

Crossroads of Canopy

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At the highest level of a giant forest, thirteen kingdoms fit seamlessly together to form the great city of Canopy. Thirteen goddesses and gods rule this realm and are continuously reincarnated into human bodies. Canopy's position in the sun, however, is not without its dark side. The nation's opulence comes from the labor of slaves, and below its fruitful boughs are two other realms: Understorey and Floor, whose deprived citizens yearn for Canopy's splendor. Unar, a determined but destitute young woman, escapes her parents' plot to sell her into slavery by being selected to serve in the Garden under the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. As a Gardener, she wishes to become Audblayin's next Bodyguard while also growing sympathetic towards Canopy's slaves. When Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory --- at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance...or grant it by destroying the home she loves.
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780765385925
0765385929
Branch Call Number: SF Dyer
Characteristics: 333 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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nerowolfgal
Jul 19, 2017

Lovely to read a fantasy novel that is entirely fresh, with new concepts and world-building. There are no dragons, elves, bearded short men with axes, etc, etc, etc.. The author has not only imagined new concepts but done a brilliant job of establishing a very solid, deeply realized universe. The rules, though different, make sense, and lives of the inhabitants of the Canopy feel real, gritty, and fully grounded. Excellent read, I look forward to more of this author.

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